Nerissa Chaux, Managing Partner featured in Australia's Cosmopolitan Magazine on The Do's & Dont's on Skype Interviews

Nerissa Chaux, Managing Partner featured in Australia's Cosmopolitan Magazine on The Do's & Dont's on Skype Interviews

The Right Space

For best video quality, use a light background and make sure you don't have bright colours right behind you as you'll appear as a dark silhouette. make sure it's also not cluttered or messy.

Professional Clothing

Red can come across as rebellious or inflexible and it’s a risky colour choice for any type of interview outfit. Dark clothing like navy, black or grey is best suited for a video interview.

A Quality Camera

If your webcam isn’t built- in make sure it doesn’t fall during the interview. When using a laptop, place it on a book so the camera points at your face, not under your chin.

What if the interviewer is running late?

If the interviewer hasn’t called you within 10 minutes of the expected call, its good etiquette to send an instant message. See if they raptly rather than calling them as you might be interrupting their workflow or may not have their audio configured yet. If they don’t respond, then call them directly or through reception after 25-30 minutes.

How do I greet them?

When you pick up, obviously a handshake isn’t an option. A wave is a digital handshake. When starting a video interview, smiling, waving and saying hello is a good icebreaker – it disarms them.

Gah! Where do I look?

It may feel weird but make sure you look directly at the camera. If you are looking direct at the interviewer, you’ll appear as if you’re looking down. The exception to the rule is when it involves notes. It is acceptable to refer to your notes throughout the interview. Advise them early so they know you have notes, rather than assuming you’re looking down because you’re nervous. 

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